Benefits of Quitting Smoking

If quitting the smoking habit is on your New Year’s resolution list for 2011; the following facts from the American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will help encourage you to follow through with your plan!




  • Within 20 minutes – your blood pressure and pulse rate drop to normal.
  • Within 8 hours – carbon monoxide levels in the blood drop to normal and oxygen levels rise to normal.  Smoker’s breath disappears.
  • Within 24 hours – chance of heart attack decreases.
  • Within 48 hours – nerve endings start re-growing.  Ability to taste and smell enhances.
  • Within 3 days – you’ll breathe easier.
  • Within 2 weeks to 3 months – circulation improves.  Walking becomes easier.  Lung function increases up to 30%.
  • Within 1 to 9 months – you’ll cough less.  Sinus congestion and shortness of breath decrease.  The cilia that sweep debris from your lungs will grow back.  You’ll feel more energetic.
  • Within 1 year – excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker.
  • Within 2 years – your heart attack risk drops to near normal.
  • Within 5 years – lung cancer death rate for average former smoker (of one pack a day) decreases by almost half.  Stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker 5 to 15 years after quitting.  Risk of mouth, throat, and esophageal cancers is half that of a smoker’s.
  • Within 10 years – lung cancer death rate is similar to that of a nonsmoker.  Pre-cancerous cells are replaced.  Risk of cancer of the bladder, kidneys, and pancreas decreases.
  • Within 15 years – risk of coronary heart disease is that of a nonsmoker.


Congratulations on making the healthy choice to stop smoking!!!


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